Author:

Lance Benzel

Legal Affairs reporter

Lance Benzel covers legal affairs for The Gazette, with a focus on the criminal courts, and also writes a monthly mountain biking column entitled "Rider in Residence." He joined the newspaper's staff in 2008 after previous stops in Billings, Mont., central North Carolina and Chicago.

In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, Robert Lewis Dear, right, talks during a court appearance in Colorado Springs. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post
Signs with the Colorado Springs logo were posted at Strawberry Hill open space earlier this year.
Attorneys for disgraced ex-sheriff Terry Maketa have lost their bid to get charges against him thrown out. Gazette file photo.
El Paso County jail
El Paso County jail. Photo by: EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Steve Bedigian shouts "freedom" from his "freedom tower" on his property in the Hartsel Flats area on Thursday, November 10, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
Officers and deputies involved in the Planned Parenthood shooting on November 27, 2015 bow their heads in a moment of silence for Officer Garrett Swasey, one of three people killed in the shooting, after receiving their honors during the 31st Annual Medal of Valor Luncheon at Broadmoor Hall on Friday, November 18, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette